Do your part to help prevent cancer

The American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study - 3 (CPS-3) has been enrolling study participants across the country, and Southern Arizona's opportunity to contribute to this effort is coming up. As of Sept. 24, 368 people have enrolled for the Tucson-area effort.

The ACS’s Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have never been diagnosed with cancer to join this historic study. The goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. The purpose of CPS-3 is to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations.

You can participate by visiting the study's website, choosing an enrollment location -- the UA Cancer Center - North Campus is one of them -- and date for an in-person appointment between Oct. 16 and 25. The next step is completing the first, most important, baseline survey. Plan to spend about 30 minutes on the survey. It's a good idea to have your health history information available.

At the appointment, you'll sign a consent form, complete a brief survey, and provide a waist circumference measurement and a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit). The blood sample will be taken by a certified, trained phlebotomist.

Once enrolled in CPS-3, you will receive surveys periodically for 20 to 30 years.

Read a guest editorial about the study in the Arizona Daily Star by Dr. Margaret Drugay.

- Aug. 16, 2013